Part­ner­ship prom­ises nurs­ing, PSW jobs

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A new part­ner­ship be­tween Canadore Col­lege and Cana­dian Shield Health Care Ser­vices Inc. of Sud­bury will cre­ate 60 per­sonal sup­port worker and nurs­ing jobs in North Bay, Canadore states in a re­lease.

Dis­cus­sions be­gan more than six months ago when Cana­dian Shield Health Care heard about The vil­lage, Canadore’s new in­te­grated liv­ing and learn­ing fa­cil­ity, it states. Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ma­neesh Walia be­lieved The vil­lage aligned with its goals for mar­ket ex­pan­sion and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment.

“We aren’t your stan­dard health­care provider,” Walia is quoted. “Our ser­vices are de­signed to be com­pletely client-cen­tric, and we of­fer in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to nurs­ing, per­sonal care, home mak­ing, com­pan­ion ser­vices, ac­com­pa­nied vis­its and care­giver re­lief to sup­port safe and happy in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.”

As part of the col­lab­o­ra­tion, Cana­dian Shield Health Care will have client care of­fices at The vil­lage, and will de­liver cus­tom­ized vo­ca­tional learn­ing pro­grams, de­vel­oped by Canadore, to en­hance cross-func­tional knowl­edge in res­pi­ra­tory ther­apy, men­tal health, safe mo­bil­ity, cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion among care­giver teams.

Ren­o­va­tions for the of­fice space are an­tic­i­pated to be­gin as early as next week and the com­pany has be­gun work­force devel­op­ment work with the co­hort of 60 health-care grad­u­ates it is hir­ing in May 2019.

“Canadore’s ap­proach to in­ter­pro­fes­sional care and cul­tur­allyaware and in­te­grated prac­tice is like none we have ever seen,” said Walia. “Hav­ing said that, it is pre­cisely what has been miss­ing in our field across the prov­ince. This col­lab­o­ra­tion will help our work­force to serve cul­tur­ally-di­verse pop­u­la­tions with even more re­spect and dig­nity than ever be­fore.”

Per­sonal sup­port work­ers are con­sis­tently rated as one of the most-needed oc­cu­pa­tions in the dis­tricts of Nipiss­ing and Parry Sound. The col­lege has been de­liv­er­ing the one-year per­sonal sup­port worker post-sec­ondary cer­tifi­cate for more than 40 years. Canadore ex­panded this year’s pro­gram de­liv­ery to cre­ate ca­pac­ity for an ad­di­tional 32 stu­dents in Septem­ber 2018 and is ex­plor­ing the launch of an ac­cel­er­ated PSW in­take in the spring of 2019. The col­lege also has a long­stand­ing his­tory of de­liv­er­ing var­i­ous lev­els of nurs­ing cre­den­tials.

“The vil­lage has al­ways been about cre­at­ing greater ca­pac­ity for im­proved health out­comes for our en­tire com­mu­nity,” said col­lege pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bur­ton. “Canadore’s part­ner­ship with Cana­dian Shield Health Care is a cat­a­lyst in bring­ing this goal to re­al­ity.”

The vil­lage is the only model of its kind in Canada fo­cused on col­lab­o­ra­tive in­ter-pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion and the in­te­gra­tion of Indige­nous, eastern and West­ern heal­ing and well­ness prac­tices. The vil­lage will in­te­grate se­niors’ and com­mu­nity care with teach­ing, ex­pe­ri­en­tial skills train­ing and ap­plied re­search in one fa­cil­ity.

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